Madison, WI
Jun 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 90860-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 90860-AS

Working Title: Associate Research Specialist


Hiring Department: A348800-VCRGE/PRIMATE/PRIMATE

FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JULY 05, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $30,207 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Virology or a related field required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Previous benchwork in a molecular biology laboratory is required. Experience working with Illumina sequencing technologies is strongly preferred. Experience working with viruses and isolating viral RNA using different methods is preferred. Exceptional academic experience is preferred, including the capability of constructing text for manuscripts, protocols, and client emails. Analysis of next generation sequence data is strongly preferred. Capability of mentoring others and managing multiple tasks at the same time is preferred.

License or certificate:

BL2+ and radiation certification will be acquired upon hire.

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) is one of seven federally supported National Primate Research Centers and the only one in the Midwest. WNPRC's mission is to increase the understanding of basic primate biology and to improve human health and quality of life through research. To accomplish this, the WNPRC helps discover treatments, preventions and cures for human disease; generates new knowledge of primate biology, from the molecular and whole animal levels to the understanding of primate ecosystems; facilitates research progress by providing expertise, resources and training to scientists worldwide; and collects primate information and disseminates to the research community and to the public.

A position is available in the WNPRC Genetics Services Unit, overseen by Dr. David O'Connor, at the AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory. The successful applicant will be a member of the Genetics Services Unit, and, specifically a part of the Pathogen Sequencing Subunit, overseen by Dr. Shelby O'Connor. Understanding the nonhuman primate and viral genetics is essential for unlocking the secrets of AIDS immunity, organ transplant rejection, and susceptibility to infectious disease, as well as host-pathogen interactions, including SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus) and Zika virus. Genetics Services performs fee-for-service sequencing of host genes and pathogens.

Additional Information:

A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.


Rachael Buss
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

Please click "Apply Now" to begin the application process. Please upload cover letter and current resume/CV. Additionally, you will be asked to provide 2 professional references. Submission of materials in PDF format is preferred.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Advertised: 06 Jun 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: 20 Jun 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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